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April 13 - April 19, 2015


The week started with rains along the coastal plain. At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Walterboro reported heavy rain and southeast winds gusting at 21 mph. Measurements taken on Tuesday morning indicated amounts of 2.46 inches at the N Inlet gage in Georgetown County and 0.94 inches at Charleston City. Breaks for bright sunshine over wet surfaces on Tuesday moved the thermometer to 82 degrees at Anderson, Johnston and Hemingway. The pattern of showers continued into Wednesday. Anderson reported heavy rain at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Beaufort noted a 3:00 p.m. observation of partly sunny skies and 84 degrees while Rock Hill noted heavy rain. A boundary of cooler air edged into the north Midlands overnight with additional forcing for more rain. On Thursday morning, 24-hour amounts included 1.75 inches at York, 1.55 inches at Fountain Inn and 1.51 inches at Union. The Thursday morning temperature at Sandhill fell to a chilling 45 degrees from north winds. The 57-degree high temperature at Columbia Metro AP was their coldest, for so late in April, since 1999. Friday's warmest temperatures were reserved for the central and southern counties bordering the ocean. Georgetown and Edisto Beach reached 76 degrees. Rain showers brought Dillon 0.90 inches and Clarks Hill 0.75 inches. Saturday's early morning rains over Florence left 1.07 inches. Bennettsville and Jamestown received enough sunshine to report 81 degrees for their Saturday high temperature. Areas of rain left 0.78 inches at Chester, 0.75 inches at Little Mountain and 0.61 inches at Blackville. Barnwell and Kingstree reached a mild 77 degrees on Sunday afternoon before stormy conditions swept through central and eastern South Carolina. High winds, associated with a northeastward-moving wave of thunderstorms, blew down trees over at least 15 counties and caused property damage and loss of electrical service. NWS storm survey teams confirmed an EF2 rated tornado in Aiken, an EF1 rated tornado on the southern side of Lake Murray to Ballentine, an EF1 rated tornado near St. Matthews and separate EF0 rated tornadoes near Trenton and for Lamar. Intense rains of 1.46 inches fell at Holly Hill and 1.39 inches were measured at Edgefield. York reported rain every day of the Monday-Sunday period and a total of 5.19 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on April 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 41 degrees at Caesars Head and Sassafras Mt. on April 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.60 inches at Jocassee 8WNW (Walhalla Fish Hatchery, Oconee County) ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 14. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.9 inches.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 4.34 12.95 -1.1
Greer AP 3.97 15.18 0.8
Charlotte, NC AP 4.65 13.49 0.8
Columbia Metro AP 1.75 13.34 0.8
Orangeburg AP 2.23 12.51 -1.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP 3.51 13.71 -0.2
Florence AP 2.61 13.27 2.2
N Myrtle Beach AP 2.63 12.54 -0.4
Charleston AP 1.63 12.18 -0.1
Savannah, GA AP 2.32 12.02 -0.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 67 degrees, Charleston 72 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 69 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 67 degrees.

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